News Articles From August 2013

Home care and the minimum wage exposed again

UNISON welcomed the report by the Resolution Foundation this week which once again shone a light on the scale of non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage in home care. UNISON supports the recommendations made in the report for councils, providers … More…

Marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I have a dream’ speech

On 28 August 2013 the United States commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March for jobs and freedom. Here we look back at the group of Black workers who came together with the community and Martin Luther King Jr to … More…

National social care service needed to care for the elderly

Commenting on new research showing the rising cost of a room in a care home, Heather Wakefield, UNISON Head of Local Government, said: “It’s time for a long-term, sustainable solution to bridge the gap between the rising cost of residential … More…

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Bulletin Newsletter
August/September 2013

‘Save our school’

UNISON is calling on its members to support teachers, parents and children at The Deanes School in Thundersley, Essex which is being threatened with closure by Essex County council. The council claims they are considering closing the school due to … More…

UNISON calls for fair pay over free ipads

UNISON is calling for fair pay over free ipads as many higher eduction staff are yet to receive a living wage while universities have been offering expensive incentives to students during the clearing process. These have included ipads, laptops or … More…

Hospital food figures

Commenting on figures* released by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food into patient satisfaction with the quality of hospital food, Sara Gorton, UNISON Deputy Head of Health, said: “Giving patients healthy, fresh more tempting food is an essential part of … More…

‘UNISON is calling time on poverty pay in local government’

UNISON is consulting local government branches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on the NJC pay claim for 2014/15. The union’s NJC Committee believes that our core objectives should be to restore pay levels and ensure that the Living Wage … More…

Workers with no place to go

Council cuts to public conveniences are adversely affecting many workers, including paramedics, transport workers, police community support officers, postal workers and bin men who spend their working day out on the road, says UNISON the UK’s largest union. The union … More…

No salvation shown to charity workers who face pay cuts and poverty line

UNISON has condemned The Salvation Army’s plans to cut the pay and service conditions of workers caring for people in hostels for the homeless, bringing significant hardship to many. The charity is to implement the contractual changes in October 2013 … More…